Ed Psych

Educational psychology is the academic discipline that examines the learning and teaching taking place in our classrooms.

Why does it matter?

Not only do you want your students to learn, but in Indiana, RISE will be critical to your success.  How do you see educational psychology mattering to you and the learners you will serve?

Identify and describe individual differences and social influences on growth, development, and learning.

Offer input and cite your sources to discuss the ways family culture, language, and environment will impact a child's growth, development, and learning. Also consider how our social and political systems impact the growth and development of our learners.  Offer at least two statements and respond to at least one statement from another person's post. All posts should be cited in APA format.

As you read the posts, begin to consider the theorists whose theories have helped us formulate our ideas about this growth, development, and learning.

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3 months ago
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@kayherron I would help the student get caught up by simply reaching out to that student. I would be making every opportunity possible to offer assistance such as offering extra help, such as after school. I would also send notes home to the parents making sure that their student is prepared and getting the potential homework help that they would need when I could not be there with them as well.

3 months ago
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@msulfridge I like the social cognitive ideas that the link there provides, that is a very helpful method in how teachers could approach ideas and teaching practices as well.

3 months ago
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@jleidig The sky is the limit for reaching a student's true potential as an educator and going above and beyond. A positive learning environment is always important and beneficial for everyone, I always learned better in a positive learning environment although I only had one year going through school that I had a negative learning environment I felt like. I like Gregorc styles a lot, he is a very skilled theorist.

3 months ago
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@triley56 I agree with what you are saying about learning cultural differences between the students because of the impact it makes on a student's learning. I took a multicultural education class last semester and it really opened my eyes to how cultural is not being integrated enough into the curriculum especially in the textbooks. For example, most history textbooks only tell the side of the Western Europeans instead of the perspectives of all the cultures and people that could have been involved. I find that getting to know your students is the best way for students to learn.

3 months ago
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@kayherron Connecting Lev Vygotsky with interactions was a great connection. I can reflect on Lev Vygotsky and his theory with play and how important social interactions are for children. This semester I am working with a teacher in a preschool classroom and I am able to reflect on how important social interactions at this age is. This is typically the first time children are interacting with peers their age that is not family and outside of their home away from their guardian/s. I see first hand how some children can socially interact with each other and teach each other. For example, a child's shoe came untied during gym time so another child interacted and sat down and was teaching them how to tie shoes. As a future educator, I believe it is important to let children interact with each other and be that stepping stone for one another. We as educators need to know when to encourage collaboration in the classroom. Social interactions are a big key to growth. Furthermore, I did not understand how you meant in your statement how politics have a role? Can you further elaborate?

2 months ago
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@sdodge3 I agree, that all learners are different. I like how you connected this with Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory and shared the different styles of learning. You stated “I must figure out how my learners will learn”, I was wondering how you were going to do so.

2 months ago
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@CoachBwill34 I think that you make some excellent points in your original post. When you say, "Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her", when I truly think about this statement I kind of get chills by the truth of it. Because children in the classroom can face times of stress and failure. All it takes in the line of schooling for a child is one person to jump on the bandwagon and show full support to them; push them in a positive way, encourage, mentor, lead, and so much more. As a teacher, I think that sometimes we can take things like this for granted. If we walk into our classroom every day with a positive and energetic take on education, challenge our students to enhance their abilities by trying new things, encouraging them to keep trying even if they don't do as well on an assignment as they were hoping fro, and give them a place of comfort to learn in, we one day might just be the teacher that they thank for helping teach them life skills and encourage them to reach their max potential.

2 months ago
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@sdodge3 I agree with this very much, it is always important to see how your students will learn in the classroom. Your students will indeed be different year in and year out so it will always be a fun, but could be at the same time tough experience to deal with, but every teacher will have to encounter it. I also think it is always crucial to adapt to their learning styles as well as humanly possible, you never want to see a child get left behind in the classroom. I agree with everything you said, made some very valid points.

2 months ago
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@jleidig Yes everyone has to show support towards the student and also give them learning tools that they will use for the future. We owe it to our youth as educators to always adapt the best we can in order to help any student succeed. I want to be the educator that makes the difference in the child's life.

2 months ago
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I think the statement from @kayherron relates to what we discussed in class this week. Politics is an element of culture. Political affiliation and a child’s exposure to or perspective of politics can heavily impact their role in their own growth as well as the growth of other peers. Lev Vygotsky’s notion that learning is influenced through student interaction proves this. This is why it is crucial as educators to find that happy balance of encouraging students to share their ideas with one another, while also encouraging them to respect the differing opinions. In terms of your own political views, I think they are perfectly acceptable to share because you have the opportunity to show students how to appropriately do so while remaining open to other ideas and respecting others.